Plagiarism is a term used to describe the misrepresentation of the authorship of an idea, image or concept. Basically, plagiarism is the theft of all or part of a work created by another by means of allowing their work to be identified as your own by including it in your work with no credit given. Plagiarism can be deliberate or accidental.
Plagiarism is unacceptable. It is unethical to claim information or ideas from another person as yours, in the same way that it would be morally wrong to steal the plans for someone's invention and claim that you were its inventor.
Plagiarism can be avoided by giving credit--or listing the original source--within your work, for each bit of information that did not originate in your own mind.
Whether deliberate or accidental,plagiarism is unethical and is taken very seriously at the college level. Depending on circumstances, consequences could include:
See the Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Procedures, Section VIII. A: Academic Misconduct and Section VI: Code of Conduct Sanctions, as published in the Student Handbook (Appendix A.), for information on Isothermal Community College’s policies.
Examples of deliberate plagiarism:
Example that could be deliberate or accidental:
Examples that are probably accidental:
Our intent in providing this information here is to alert you to do your best to avoid plagiarism and to document all your sources from the start of your college studies, since it is an important matter here at the college level.
In a course requiring a formal research paper, you would be given lots of specific information and guidance on how to creat citations and credit the sources you use.
If you are you are interested in learning more about citing sources, see Help for Constructing Citations.